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"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy"
(Matthew 5:7)


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Krakow 2016

World Youth Day 2016:  Krakow, Poland

The latest news on WYD 2016!

NEW Hear the official WYD 2016 hymn in Polish. VIEW
The official website has the latest details.  VIEW
The Official Welcome from Krakow. WATCH
Logo for WYD 2016 Unveiled. VIEW

News & Updates from WYDUSA

WYDUSA Resources: VIEW
Summer 2014 Update: VIEW
View the WYDUSA Information Flyer HERE
Learn about the WYDUSA Logo HERE

USCCB Staff Offers Presentation on WYD's Impact in the U.S.A.

Read the 2014 report HERE

Pope Francis 2014 Message to Young People

"Blessed are the Poor in Spirit..."  VIEW

WYD 2014, 2015, 2016 Themes Announced!

Krakow 2016: "Blessed are the Merciful..."  VIEW

Rio 2013

Relive World Youth Day 2013 Rio

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World Youth Day: The Journey Continues

World Youth Day 2014
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Mt. 5:3)
Celebrated locally in each diocese around the world.

* Read the Holy Father's 2014 World Youth Day message.

World Youth Day 2015
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (Mt. 5:8)
Celebrated locally in each diocese around the world.

World Youth Day 2016
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." (Mt. 5:7)
Celebrated both locally and internationally in Krakow, Poland

World Youth Day is not just a day or an experience, but an ongoing pilgrimage of faith for young people.  These special days and celebrations are meant to rejuvenate and reinvigorate the spiritual life of youth and young adults along their pilgrim journey, which ultimately leads to Christ Jesus.

World Youth Day - Krakow 2016 Official Prayer

God, merciful Father,
in your Son, Jesus Christ,
you have revealed your love

and poured it out upon us
in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter,

We entrust to you today
the destiny of the world
and of every man and woman.

We entrust to you, in a special way
young people of every language, people and nation:
guide and protect them as they walk
the complex paths of the world today

and give them the grace to reap abundant fruits
from their experience of the Krakow World Youth Day.

Heavenly Father, grant that we
may bear witness to your mercy.

Teach us how to convey
the faith to those in doubt,

hope to those who are discouraged,
love to those who feel indifferent,
forgiveness to those who have done wrong
and joy to those who are unhappy.

Allow the spark of merciful love

that you have enkindled within us
become a fire that can transform hearts
and renew the face of the earth.

Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us.
St. John Paul II, pray for us.


Pope John Paul II announced the institution of World Youth Day in December, 1985, as an annual gathering of youth and young adults for prayer, worship and celebration of the Catholic faith.  The event is observed annually in dioceses and every two to three years at an international gathering.

The purpose of World Youth Day is threefold

  1. Putting Trust in the Young
    World Youth Day is a coming together of young adults from the four corners of the world and a strong reminder of the strength and confidence the young bring to the Church today.

  2. Gathering Together
    World Youth Day is not simply a gathering for the young people of the world, but a time to put trust in the world's youth. A calling for the world's youth to come together as one people.

  3. Meeting the International World on a Human Level
    It is still a marvel in this the 21st Century to exchange with others and to be a part of an international experience. International events are able to stir much hope but also many fears (increase in fundamentalism, nationalism and other new conflicts. . .) The Church and Christians themselves have a role to play in preventing the development of these fears, and in aiding each person in finding their way and discovering hope.

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